Welcome back! It’s finally sunny here in the Bay area, the kids are back at school and the work week is officially in full swing. I have pictures from part 2 of the house tour that I hope you will enjoy browsing (part 1 is here). The above picture is of the breakfast nook that we use as an informal sitting area, and behind it is the family room.
I don’t have too many window treatments because I feel a little claustrophobic with heavy curtains and drapes., and I can get away with just a few lightweight silk curtains because the previous owners planted a lot of trees around the house and we have a fair amount of privacy. The other thing I use are these mobile (movable?) wooden screens that I can open or close depending on the season, time of day or the light. Like in the corner in this picture…
Just beyond the dining room, is the sweetest little room. It’s designed to be a pantry, what as kids in southern India we would have called a ‘storeroom’ – dimly lit, cool, and with a lot of shelving to store spices, tea, coffee and other supplies.
Because it’s under the stairs (a la Harry Potter!), it’s small and has a slope-y ceiling but it is one of my favorite rooms because when I hear the kids going in to grab a cookie, or to find a spot for an impromptu game of hide-and-seek, or I get out a fresh pack of tea or a tin of biscuits or some cake, and set out tea cups for family and friends, I am just transported back to the happy memories of my childhood. And time seems to stand still. Light permitting, I will take more pictures for a part 3 to show you where I work. Have a lovely day, my dears! – Priya
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